Everyone has likely heard the excitement regarding barefoot or minimalist running vs. traditional running shoes. While a minimalist shoe can facilitate improved running form, there are strategies to improve your form while keeping protective traditional running shoes. Here are some quick tips that will improve your form and running efficiency, and decrease stress to your knees and other joints.
- Increase cadence - This means increasing the frequency of your foot strikes. To check your cadence, count your foot strikes per minute. To make it easier, pick one foot and count for one minute and then multiply by two. Aim for 180 foot strikes per minute (or 90 per foot). This will assist you in running more efficiently.
- Foot strike under your body - This means focus on letting your foot land directly under your body. This will help distribute the force throughout your body. If your foot is landing too far in front of your body, this will increase stress to your knee.
- Run soft - This will also assist in decreasing stress to your knees and other joints. Focus on decreasing the sound of your footfall while you are running. ■
For more information contact:
Jennifer Longwell PT, DPT
Sheltering Arms - Maple